The Hikes

By the Numbers (2 of 10)

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Blog, The Hikes, The Numbers | 0 comments

By the Numbers (2 of 10)

I’m really happy how this project is turning out. Taking time to make each hike’s number using materials found on the hike has caused me to concentrate more on looking at my surroundings as I hike. I try to select a material that 1) is abundant and 2) won’t affect the ecology or aesthetics of the area. I love nature, but I don’t want to love it to death. If I’m using living flora, I prune the plant and not pick it outright. Here’s a few stories of the behind-the-scenes of numbers 11-20. Hike #11 – Shevlin Park, Bend, OR - I found a patch of...

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Hike 15 – Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak

Posted by on Oct 20, 2012 in Blog, The Hikes | 0 comments

Hike 15 – Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak

While spending a week in Los Angeles for the private screening of Mile… Mile & A Half, a documentary about the John Muir Trail that I worked on, I had a chance to go hiking on one of my favorite trails of the Los Angeles area: Mishe Mokwa Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains. I really enjoy this trail for all that it offers, even if the views of the valleys and the ocean are hidden behind a marine layer. Six miles of beauty that only the Santa Monica Mountains can offer. Jason Fitzgerald, co-director and director of photography of the documentary, was kind enough to join me on the...

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Hike 14 – Stough Canyon

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Blog, The Hikes | 0 comments

Hike 14 – Stough Canyon

I was invited down to Los Angeles for the private screening of the documentary I worked on, Mile… Mile & a Half. While there for a few days, I had the opportunity to do two hikes. This was the first of the two. I lived in Southern California for decades, long enough to know first hand many of the fine trails SoCal has to offer, and long enough to know that there’s always a new trail to discover. Ric Serena, Co-Director and DP of the film, invited me to the trail near his house in Burbank that he frequents: Stough Canyon. My first thought on the trail was,...

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Hike 13 – Smith Rock State Park

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Blog, The Hikes | 0 comments

Hike 13 – Smith Rock State Park

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the hardest part of a day hike is finding the motivation to get to the trailhead. For this hike, it took me a good part of the day to find enough motivation to drive north to Smith Rock State Park near Terrebonne, Oregon. Once I was there, I raced the sun to hike as much of the 10+ miles of trails the park offers. I parked at the “turn around parking area” at 4:30pm and headed down to the Crooked River via the Homestead Trail. I’ve found that access to the river from this trailhead is a lot less crowded than by taking...

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Hike 12 – Opal Creek Ancient Forest

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Blog, The Hikes | 2 comments

Hike 12 – Opal Creek Ancient Forest

As I returned to my car after this hike, I was soaked to the bone. In fact, everything I carried with me was wet. The pages of my journal were rippling, my camera had fogged the lens with condensation and stopped working.* My iPhone wasn’t doing well either, having been used to take photos after my camera’s untimely death. It abruptly shut off. So why was it that I was beaming a toothy smile? When I go on a hike, I hope to have at least one magical moment: that fleeting few seconds or minutes when I connect with the nature around me. It could be as simple as a hoot from an owl...

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Hike 11 – Shevlin Park II

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Blog, The Hikes | 0 comments

Hike 11 – Shevlin Park II

I’ve already blogged about Shevlin Park (hike#3), you might recall. On that hike, most of it was through the dark using a headlamp. Not the best type of hike to take a lot of photos. Therefore, I’ll make up for that photo-light entry with this photo-heavy entry! (If you want more info on Shevlin Park, check out Hike #3.) I have been struggling to get out and hike as of late. So many distractions and activities had been pushed up onto my priority list. I hoped not to repeat locations for my 100 Hikes Project, but when it boils right down, getting outside and exercising is more...

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